U.S. winter wheat is starting off the 2020 growing season with a good-to-excellent condition rating slightly above last year, according to USDA’s first weekly Crop Progress report released Monday.
For the week ended April 5, 2020, winter wheat was rated 62% in good-to-excellent condition, up slightly from 60% at the same time last year. Nine percent of the crop was rated poor to very poor, the same as last year.
Top winter-wheat-producing state Kansas reported 49% of its crop in good-to-excellent condition, slightly below 55% at the same time last year. Good-to-excellent ratings in Washington and Oklahoma — last year’s other two top producers — were 82% and 73%, respectively.
For the other crops USDA included in its report this week, planting was progressing at a near- to above-average pace. Sorghum was 15% planted, compared to 14% last year and a 13% five-year average. Cotton planting was 7% complete, compared to 5% last year and a 5% average. Rice was 17% planted, compared to 17% last year and a 19% average.
Oats were 26% planted as of April 5, compared to 26% last year and a 29% average. Emergence was at 24%, compared to 25% last year and a 25% average.
“Topsoil moisture surplus numbers are interesting with Arkansas leading at 70%,” said DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. “North Dakota’s surplus topsoil moisture was at 43%, Minnesota’s was 47%, Wisconsin’s was 38% and Michigan’s was 44%.
|National Crop Progress Summary|
|National Crop Condition Summary|
|(VP=Very Poor; P=Poor; F=Fair; G=Good; E=Excellent)|
|This Week||Last Week||Last Year|
Anthony Greder can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow him on Twitter @AGrederDTN
Source: Anthony Greder, DTN
More Corn and Wheat Acres Expected in 2023March 24, 2023
Measuring Feed Cost Changes on Dairy OperationsMarch 24, 2023
Corn, Soybean Oil Lead Export LeapsMarch 24, 2023
State of Emergency Declared for 74% of California after Consecutive StormsMarch 27, 2023
Grain Storage to be Costly with Additional Interest Rate HikeMarch 27, 2023